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The Register: Gwana-gwana Landslide Buries Sun Linux

Sep 21, 2002, 07:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"What are we to make of Sun's Linux Desktop announcement? We inadvertently provided the answer ourselves talking to Sun executives yesterday. What a good idea it is, we mused, to revive the vendor show: the press arrives in droves, and for a few hours at least, you have their undivided attention.

"The trick is to sneak something onto the wires, even though we will all have forgotten exactly what it was they said in a few months time. This worked a treat yesterday: Sun's plan to strike at Microsoft's desktop heartland made the leader column of the New York Times, which people round here seem to think is a very big deal. (The truth is somewhat different, as we'll see: Sun isn't so much striking at the heartland as making low-level offshore flying runs in planes equipped to broadcast rude noises).

"As a residual benefit, many other parts of Sun's business bask in attention they wouldn't otherwise have received. For example today is 'N1' day--and we nursed hopes of seeing a recreation of King's Cross station and Islington's Union Chapel as a tribute to London's most cinematic postcode--but that's a different N1. We'll also hear about elliptical cryptography, and much else too..."

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